Five dead as Sierra Leone records first Ebola outbreak

ABIDJAN Mon May 26, 2014 9:34am EDT

ABIDJAN May 26 (Reuters) - Five people have died in Sierra Leone's first confirmed outbreak of Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

"Preliminary information received from the field indicates that one laboratory-confirmed case and five community deaths have been reported from Koindu chiefdom," the WHO said in a statement on its website.

Ebola, a haemorrhagic fever with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, has killed more than 100 people in neighbouring Guinea and Liberia since March. (Reporting by Joe Bavier; Editing by Mark Heinrich)